In this Meet our Intern edition, say hi to Amy Li! Amy is a Journalism and Communications student at CUHK and was recently with PathFinders for 6 weeks supporting the Access to Justice team.
Amy loved how unique her internship was and how she was able to participate in so many different events and gain a deeper understanding of individual client’s cases. She fondly recalls how one client told her that PathFinders’ support empowers her. Amy hopes to see more respect and less judgement towards FDWs in society.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM THIS INTERNSHIP?
My 6-week internship journey in PathFinders was amazing. As a non-law major student, it was not easy to read through legal cases, submission papers, etc. Luckily, the team was very supportive and willing to explain how things work. I explored issues of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) and their children from a broader perspective. In the past, my understanding towards them was through the media. It was definitely bias. Hence, I am grateful to have been a part of PathFinder’ team.
Second, I learnt the importance of accuracy from this internship. I helped draft several case notes and summaries after meetings and court hearings. As lawyers, use of specific wordings matter. A high standard of accuracy at PathFinders encouraged me to be a detail-oriented person, which definitely helped in my studies.
WHAT ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN PARTICIPATING IN?
During my time at PathFinders, I accompanied clients to the Immigration Department, Equal Opportunities Commission, Legal Aid Department, etc. It’s difficult for clients to visit various departments by themselves as they may face language barriers and complicated processes. I understood the complexity and clients’ concerns. This provided me with opportunities to chat with clients and understand their situations. The weekly Open Legal Clinic meetings that the A2J team holds enhanced my understandings on different cases and how the team respond accordingly.
A memorable task involved discussing a client’s situation with counsels from the Equal Opportunities Commission during a meeting and after a court hearing. Since I was the only representative from PathFinders, I needed to be extremely aware of the progress of everything. The legal terminology was difficult to gauge and I needed to ask counsel for clarification. It was exciting and challenging at the same time. I realised how preparation such as reading relevant documents matters.
The uniqueness of working as an intern here was that I participated in events run by other working groups too. Going to a “high tea” session and shelter meeting led by Case Managers allowed me to interact with different clients. I remembered clients designed cards and took some photos to celebrate Mothers’ Day in May. They talked about their love for kids and babies. They also mentioned how PathFinders empowered them. I was deeply moved because of their sincerity and love towards their beloved ones.
WHAT KIND OF CHANGE IN SOCIETY DO YOU HOPE FOR?
Respect. FDWs come to Hong Kong for job opportunities. They deserve people’s respect. I wish people could be less judgmental of FDWs. Rights of the most vulnerable children should be considered as well in long term policy setting.
We’re delighted to welcome two new colleagues to the PathFinders team! Please meet Angie Chandran and Fleur Robertson.
Angie has been working in humanitarian services for over 10 years and has extensive experience in programme management and development. We are excited to have her join our Community Engagement and Public Awareness team as a Community Education Manager. Angie will help us raise awareness for employers and will take the lead on our public campaign initiatives.
Fleur joins us as a Health Professional on the Access to Healthcare team where she will support in providing clinical prenatal and post natal support, conducting home visits and assisting with healthcare system navigation. She is an Australian Registered Paediatric Nurse and has over 13 years experience working with infants, children and their families.
Welcome to the team!
This year Euromoney is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In honour of that, the company decided to donate £50,000 globally to charities that its employees have volunteered with and find to be important causes. The committee chose PathFinders for its APAC award in recognition of the important role it plays in Hong Kong. Similar awards were given in North America and EMEA.
Some of the team at one of Euromoney’s publications, Global Capital, are committed volunteers at PathFinders, helping us put their strong writing skills to good use by supporting on a range of ongoing writing tasks.
Thank you Morgan Davis and team for your support and for helping secure this incredible donation!
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We were recently awarded the “Hong Kong Top Ten Outstanding Community Service Awards 2019” by Lions Clubs International District 303 Hong Kong & Macao, China.
This prestigious award recognises PathFinders “Healthy Pregnancy, Happy Baby” programme which aims to provide healthcare to pregnant migrant women and their children born in Hong Kong who are unable to access public healthcare in the same way as Hong Kong residents.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Each year, PathFinders organises a number of events with both donors and beneficiaries. We host an annual fundraising dinner to raise a significant portion of our annual income, and we organise a variety of small and large scale community events to empower our beneficiaries and the wider community. PathFinders is looking for an Events Manager to coordinate all such events.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and pragmatic individual, with a good balance of organisational, commercial and interpersonal skills to work closely with the wider PathFinders team. This position is suitable for individuals with previous work experience who are able to work independently and take initiative. Responsibilities include;
- Event administration and management – responsible for all planning and execution, including liaising with suppliers, venue, performers, managing budgeting and post-event reporting
- Stakeholder management – key liaison point for all event stakeholder, for example in-kind and financial donors, paying guests, volunteers, community partners, employers, the general public, government departments, etc.
- Communications – preparation of all written copy and event materials, for example beneficiary and guest communications, social media, website and event brochure, etc.
NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Outgoing, creative and enthusiastic individual
- Must be capable of working independently and with a team, and managing a large number of senior stakeholders
- Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
- Excellent English written and spoken communications skills
- Confident in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Attention to detail, and good with numbers
- Events, fundraising, business development, NGO experience
- Familiar with Google Drive, Salesforce/CRM databases
- This is 6 month full-time contract position, with the potential for conversion to a permanent role thereafter. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible
- Applicants should be willing to work flexible hours to accommodate meetings and increased workload in the lead up to our annual fundraising dinner in November
- The position will be based predominantly at PathFinders’ offices at Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon. Travel within Hong Kong is expected for events and meetings
Interested applicants should send a Letter of Interest, Curriculum Vitae and availability by email, with the subject “Events Manager Application: [full name]”, to Harriet Beavis, Business Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and invited for interview. If you do not back from us within 4 weeks of submitting your application, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.
PathFinders is a committed equal opportunities employer. PathFinders Limited is non-partisan and non-religious.
In this Meet our Intern edition, say hi to Bohesa Won! Bohesa supported our Social Welfare team at PathFinders last year and recently graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a B.S. degree in International Politics. She was awarded a Princeton in Asia fellowship (2019-2020) and will spend the next year in Vietnam with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, an international NGO dedicated to preventing road crash fatalities and injuries in low- and middle-income countries.
Bohesa interned for the Mothers’ Protection Programme where she supported Case Managers in working closely with migrant worker women to promote access to a more secure future for themselves and their children. She was also able to attend several meetings at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, which provided the opportunity to understand how legislators shape policies on the treatment of foreign domestic workers and their children.
Bohesa’s experience opened her eyes to how PathFinders plays an often overlooked, but pivotal role in the health of communities: providing direct interaction, emotional support, and access to information to individuals who may otherwise be restricted from these resources due to economic, language, or other cultural barriers.
What activities have you been participating in?
As an intern for the Mothers’ Protection Programme, I assisted Case Managers who worked closely with migrant worker women to promote access to a more secure future for themselves and their children. Over the course of the internship, I accompanied clients to hospitals to ensure their healthcare needs were met, conducted home visits with healthcare representatives to check on the welfare of migrant women and their newborn babies, and assisted clients in accessing services at various government organizations. In addition to these weekly responsibilities, I had the chance to help manage the organisation’s shelter for clients in need of temporary housing. With other interns and PathFinders representatives, I also conducted public outreach efforts to local migrant communities to promote awareness of PathFinders’ resources and services. During the internship, I was also able to attend several meetings at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, which provided the opportunity to understand how legislators shaped policies on the treatment of foreign domestic workers and their children. As the scope of these responsibilities demonstrates, interns at PathFinders have the opportunity to see both how diverse and critical the activities of a single organisation can be in promoting the welfare of an underserved community.
What have you learnt from this internship?
One lesson I gained from my internship with PathFinders was the importance of understanding the interaction between distinct policies and the impact of this relationship on the security of individuals. For instance, in Hong Kong, employment and housing policies can interact to enhance the vulnerability of foreign domestic workers. Under the current law, domestic helpers are legally bound to live in their employer’s home, an arrangement which can produce a number of negative consequences for the helper. As is commonly the case for many PathFinders clients, an employer may illegally terminate a domestic helper when she becomes pregnant during her term of employment. In turn, she may quickly find herself both unemployed and homeless if her employer fires and subsequently removes her from their home.
As an intern with PathFinders, I had daily opportunities to directly assist migrant women who had found themselves in extremely difficult circumstances due to the interaction of such policies. In doing so, I was quite moved to see how NGOs played an active role in supporting individuals affected by policy gaps and inadequate government support. During a home visit to one of our migrant clients and her newborn child, I accompanied a PathFinders worker who was one of the only healthcare representatives to check in and see how the new mother was doing. Over the course of the visit, our PathFinders healthcare worker carefully assessed the condition of the mother and her newborn, relayed important childcare information, and worked with the mother to ensure she had access to basic supplies such as diapers and baby bottles.
It was in moments like these that I saw how NGOs bear enormous responsibility in promoting the security of neglected communities. Organizations like PathFinders play an often overlooked, but pivotal role in the health of communities: they provide direct interaction, emotional support, and access to information to individuals who may otherwise be restricted from these resources due to economic, language, or other cultural barriers. My experience with PathFinders also encouraged me to reconsider the importance of adopting an empowering approach to individuals and groups that are simply classified as “vulnerable.” As I saw through our engagement with clients, empowerment can take many forms. For instance, communities can learn about their rights to healthcare and legal resources through accessible information or learn about opportunities for their own advocacy and engagement in policy spheres.
I have left PathFinders excited to understand how stakeholders can cooperate to enhance the health and security of communities. My experiences at the intersection of social work, public health, and legislative advocacy inspired me to apply to a service fellowship to work abroad in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I plan to apply the lessons I learned to promote road safety in the developing world. It is my hope that my experiences with PathFinders can continue to inform my efforts to elevate the public health challenges of various communities. Through the cooperation of stakeholders across sectors, we can promote solutions which enhance the well-being of increasingly broader sections of the population.
Happy International Domestic Workers’ Day to all the wonderful women and men critical to continued economic growth and family well-being in Hong Kong!
As an expression of gratitude and to mark this special day, we’re sharing this impactful video as a good reminder of just how much employers and Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) have in common in supporting the best interests of their homes and children.
Thank you to all our FDWs for their hard work, dedication and support.
Video credit: 香港亞洲家務工工會聯會 Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions FADWU and Rights Exposure.
In her speech, Rachel explained why she was inspired to join PathFinders and shared what PathFinders has achieved in its 10 years to make a difference for pregnant migrant workers and their children in Hong Kong.
Visit our YouTube page to view the video.
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